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Various Artists: Devotion: Spiritual Music of the Indian Subcontinent

The Indian subcontinent is big. It is sprawling. India alone has roughly 16 different languages spoken within its borders. The population includes Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians,

Various Artists: The Best of Bond…James Bond 007

The James Bond movie series has featured some of the most memorable and some of the most wretched songs in recent pop music history. Early

Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen Volume 1

Like Herb Alpert during the glory days of A&M (The Carpenters, Joan Armatrading, to name a few) and Lou Adler at Dunhill (Mamas

Various Artists: Nowcore!

Emo: perhaps the most disdained sub-strain of the punk rock empire to emerge in the last decade. Characterized by mostly-terrible “sensitive” lyrics and a penchant

    Various Artists: The Art of Traditional Fiddle

 “When I pick up the fiddle I play it from the heart . . . If you study a fiddler up close you can almost read his

Various Artists, microscopic sound

Wow, it may take a few listens to get your head around this record, but it’s really worth the effort. Sounding like virtually nothing

Various Artists: Absolutely the Best of Blues, Vol. 2

Fourteen songs by blues greats like Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, and Lightnin’ Hopkins are enough to get my attention. Hearkening back to the earliest label

    Various Artists: Now 5

America’s biggest selling multi-artist album series, Now That’s What I Call Music! (NOW) is back with it’s latest collection, NOW 5. Since its’

Various Artists: Rock Hard: TVT Rock 2000

TVT’s 2000 collection of artists, Rock Hard, is a lot like Prince’s last 4 or 5 albums: you just know the guy’s got more talent

Various Artists: Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music, Volume Four

Revenant’s release of Volume Four of the Anthology of American Folk Music is—for the adherents of the other three volumes—the rough equivalent

Various Artists: The Unaccompanied Voice: An A Capella Compilation

Everybody does it. In the shower, in the car, around the campfire. At one time or another you, me and everyone’s cousin have sung

    Various Artists: Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo

In 1998, the compilation Bombay the Hard Way brought together soundtrack pieces from the ‘70s heyday of India’s “Bollywood” film industry. Bollywood produces many times

Various Artists: Get the Blues: Alligator Records & Black Top Records Blues Sampler

You might never find this tremendous blues anthology. Get the Blues was a special promotional deal with Tower Records. But if you want to get

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Cajun

Putumayo Presents Cajun can be a fine starting point for the new listener. Rather than an historic survey, the compilation is dedicated to contemporary Cajun

Various Artists: Abstraktions Volume 1

This is a very cerebral album. Abstrakt Reality Records is a fairly new company consisting of several underground artists trying to make a name for

Various Artists: Camelspotting

When I first picked up this album, I wasn’t sure what to think. I knew the title was a spoof of Trainspotting, and the

Various Artists, Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances Vol. 1 & 2

Throughout its 25-year history, Saturday Night Live has consistently showcased an eclectic mix of rock’s most engaging performers. The show has played an important

    Various Artists: New Prohibition: A Musical History of Hemp

Once upon a time stoners watched TV, munched on Doritos and played video games. The only effort they expended was the occasional trip to a

Various Artists: Greatest Sports Rock and Jams, Volume 4

A touchdown is scored. Or a home run. A dramatic, fade-away three pointer. The crowd erupts, a simultaneous, mass, orgasmic euphoria. Then, just like in

    Various Artists: Music from Malcolm in the Middle

Great TV produces great themes, no? Why not? After all, creative teams that are able to produce quality shows surely have the acumen to select

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